Two new exhibitions to open at The Reach

Opening reception at Abbotsford gallery on March 15

The Reach Gallery Museum hosts a reception on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. for the opening of two new exhibitions.

Art on Demand 4.2 presents artwork by Jacqueline Miller of Chilliwack and is curated by Kendra Anderson of Mission.

Hear and See: Poetry and Art for Mental Health is coordinated by Communitas Supportive Care Society and brings together 14 poets with visual artists who interpret their poems.

Art on Demand 4.2 is the latest exhibition in this series that provides emerging artists and arts professionals with the opportunity to develop exhibition and curatorial skills as part of the Emerge program.

Miller is a student at Trinity Western University. Her artwork is curated by Anderson, a student of the University of the Fraser Valley.

The exhibition explores the idea of memory as it relates to travel. A large-scale diptych by Miller uses photo-transfer and carving to examine the artist’s memory of a recent trip to Europe.

The exhibition also includes a crowd-sourced memory wall.

Members of the public are invited to contribute their own travel photos, which will be exhibited for the duration of the show, which runs until May 6.

To contribute, send your travel photos and a short caption to The Reach’s visitor experience coordinator Connie Hackett at chackett@thereach.ca.

Opening on the same night in the Community Art Space is Hear and See: Poetry and Art for Mental Health.

For the exhibition, visual artists have responded to the work of 14 poets who give voice to a variety of mental health struggles.

A poetry reading and artist talk is planned for Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m.

The Reach is located at 32388 Veterans Way. Visit thereach.ca for more information.

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